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Pipe Bag - Tobacco Bag

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1989A41
Collection:Ethnography - North America
Date:1880 c - 1880 c

Maker Information

Attributed to:Plains Cree - View history
Or:Northern Ojibwa / Saulteaux - View history
Or:Plains Ojibwa / Bungi - View history


This bag was made by a craftsperson from one of the Ojibwa or Cree groups of the Canadian Plains or marginal Plains, and was used to hold a small smoking pipe and tobacco.Smoking wasn't only a leisure activity. It played an important role in religious and ceremonial activities. Pipes and pipe bags were generally highly decorated as they were thought of as sacred objects.

Purchased from Mrs June Bedford.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Place of Origin:Saskatchewan / Alberta / Montana, Canada / United States of America


Height:560 mm
Diameter:160 mm